"Heikki Linnakangas" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes:

> Francois Deliege wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I am trying to estimate the size of a table composed of 51754000 rows.
>> Each row has 31 attributes: 16 x bit(24) and 15 x bit(8)
>> So, the payload should be:
>> 51754000 x ( 16 x 24 + 15 x 24 ) bits = 3115 MB
> What data types are those exactly? If those 24-bit fields are in fact text,
> varchar, char(x) or other data types that are stored as variable length 
> fields,

And sadly that includes bit() if you're being literal.

As of Postgres 8.1 you can see how much space a column is taking up using the
pg_column_size() function. This won't include alignment padding but will
include the length header for that column.

You can see how much a given row is taking up by passing the entire row to
og_column_size with something like pg_column_size(tab.*)

  Gregory Stark
  EnterpriseDB          http://www.enterprisedb.com

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